Dayton Hamvention announces 2021 award winners
Dayton hamvention® announced its 2021 winners. Hamvention Awards Committee Co-Chairs Michael Kalter, W8CI, and Frank Beafore, WS8B, said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hamvention Committee has chosen to move forward in announcing its selection of outstanding radio amateurs and predicted that Hamvention will return in 2022.
Amateur of the year
Angel M. Vazquez, Jr., WP3R, Telescope Operations Manager and Puerto Rico Coordination Area Spectrum Manager for the famous Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, was named Amateur of the Year for “his support. unwavering and diligent on amateur radio throughout Puerto Rico and around the world.
Although he was born in Puerto Rico, Vazquez grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and returned to Puerto Rico after college in 1977, taking a job at the Arecibo Observatory. Vazquez obtained his amateur radio license in 1993 and led the observatory’s 2010 moonbounce effort, as well as several special events using the club’s call sign KP4AO. He likes contest and DXing.
Vazquez helped provide communications support in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. He was named Puerto Rico Amateur of the Year in 2018 and received the Yasme Excellence Award in 2019. He is also a volunteer examiner and inaugurated the first virtual / online bilingual testing program as part of the Greater Los Angeles Amateur. Radio Group (GLAARG) VEC.
Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW, is well known as the Space Weather Woman. Calling her a “true space pioneer,” the awards committee said those who have seen her weather forecast broadcasts in space will agree that she is energetic and excited about her work.
A certified space forecaster, Skov’s forecasting work is widely known on social media and has been featured in several publications, as well as on television. His weekly space weather video podcasts are featured frequently on www.qrz.com, and she appears regularly on other media related to amateur radio. Skov said she specifically obtained her amateur radio license in 2018 to better understand and meet the needs of the amateur radio community. She has taught at Contest University and has made presentations for the ARRL, Dayton Hamvention and amateur radio clubs around the world.
Professionally, Skov is a researcher for The Aerospace Corporation. She also teaches the art of space weather forecasting to meteorologists at Millersville University and works with ARRL and HamSCI to create educational materials.
Wesley Lamboley, W3WL, has been nominated by his peers for his long-standing and energetic support for the science and art of amateur radio. “Not only has he supported youth training, member recruitment and technical assistance with any issues, he always does it with a smile and a lot of humor,” said the Awards Committee. Lamboley has spent 40 years in the aerospace industry as a technical writer, electrical and systems engineer and manager. Introduced to amateur radio in 1955 when a friend invited him to Field Day, Lamboley attributes much of his success to amateur radio.
“Many mentors have helped me and I try to pay my best, especially for the young people,” he said. He has also participated in several DXpeditions, and five Southwest Ohio DX Association “DXpedition of the Year” plaques adorn his ham shack.
Club of the year
The Hamvention Awards Committee nominated the ARRL Affiliate Vienna Wireless Society (VWS), K4HTA, Va. As Club of the Year. “As always, it is very difficult to choose the club of the year as we receive many nominations from deserving clubs around the world,” said the awards committee. The committee said the 280 VWS members focus on youth education and public service, and promote the growth of amateur radio. The club is now the largest and most active in the Washington, DC area.
“Our priorities are to foster a fun and inclusive environment, to develop camaraderie and to focus on the key areas of service, education and communication,” VWS said. “We have a team of mentors who encourage and provide materials for new hams. The club offers licensing courses, workshops and four educational programs per month at its meetings, and these are archived for wider use. Their annual Winterfest hosts the Virginia Chapter convention of the ARRL. The Vienna Wireless Society operates two repeaters in the DC area and actively supports public service communications.